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THUD update: House retains provision barring FMCSA from increasing insurance minimums, still no Senate bill

With Congress returning from its roughly two-week Memorial Day recess, work likely will resume in the coming week on 2016 appropriations bills for the DOT. And those bills could earn the trucking industry a few regulatory victories.

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Trucking adds another 8,600 jobs, could hit 8-year employment high this month

The for-hire trucking industry's employment numbers in May rallied following two months of slow or no growth, adding 8,600 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis. Don't look now, but next month's data could hold the highest trucking employment total in nearly a decade.

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Navistar continues to gain financial ground, reports $64 million loss in second quarter

Navistar reported a multi-million dollar loss in the second quarter of 2015, but the truck and engine maker continues to make strides toward the being back in the black.

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Rhode Island backpedals on trucks-only toll plan, still aiming for Class 8 tolls as main bridge funding source

Rhode Island lawmakers have scaled back a plan to pay for repairs to the state’s infrastructure with a truck-only toll on about two dozen bridges.

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Where inspections are rising: Illinois nearly doubles activity in wake of high-profile crashes

Following high-profile truck crashes that killed two of its officers between 2012 and 2014, Illinois bucked recent downward inspection trends with a doubling of intensity over those years.

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Fleet Focus: LTL service center expansion roundup

Guess which North Carolina-based less-than-truckload company just opened yet another service center? Yep, the folks down in Thomasville – Old Dominion Freight Line – have relocated their service center in Portland, Ore., to a larger 137-door facility located at the convergence of a number of thoroughfares and near two ports. The Portland Service Center serves a number of cities in the area, including Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tillamook, Tigard, Tualatin, Wilsonville, McMinnville, Woodburn, Salem, Clackamas, Gresham, Sandy, Hood ...

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Obama weighs in on hours of service rollback, says it may be cause for veto

The White House released a policy statement this week saying the bill's further entrenchment of the restart rollback and other trucking regulatory changes included in 2016's DOT funding bill are potential hang-ups for presidential approval.

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Decreasing inspections: Georgia’s numbers fall

The state dialed back on overall inspections from 81,183 in 2013 to 69,188 in 2014, a 15 percent decline. According to state officials, such a level may not hold as it focuses on doing more with less.

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Tipping The Scales: Time To Trade In And Trade Up With Cummins ISX15 SmartAdvantage.

Rates interactive: Explore online tool charting negotiation strength cycles

With Overdrive's new interactive rate tool, gain insights into the day of the week when spot-market rate negotiations on average most favor your trailer type.

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Highway Trust Fund patch signed by President

President Barack Obama signed into law May 29 the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, extending funding for the Highway Trust Fund for 60 days through the end of July.

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